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McLane Stadium Progress Continues

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McLane Stadium is getting closer to being finished and Baylor University can hardly wait.

The final steel beam is ready to be put into place.

Associate VP of Operations & Facilities at Baylor, Brian Nicholson says it's a symbol of the nearing finish line ahead.

"Now we're on that phase of the project where we're celebrating finishing milestones," Nicholson said.

People like Baylor President Ken Starr were there to mark the occasion this afternoon, signing their names on the giant beam as a way to celebrate the continuing success of the stadium's construction.

"This is a great day, this ceremony is an ancient ceremony," Starr said. "Instead of groundbreaking, we top it off!"

Some of the most special aspects of the stadium are starting to come to life.

The future locker room is only 60% finished, but it's already a huge space for the team.

The playing field is still torn up with a lot of equipment visible, but bleachers will be installed in mid-February.

There have been challenges along the way.

Jeff Horn, Senior Superintendent for construction company Austin Flintco, says weather has been an issue in recent weeks.

"We've had right around 21 days for the project that we've had to deal with weather here," Horn said. "Lately the weather has been challenging, just the fact of the cold."

Despite weather setbacks, they're determined to finish on time.

Brian Nicholson says they have plans to start 24-hour around the clock construction if need be.

"We're 100% confident that we'll be playing a game here on August 31st and we're looking forward to a sell-out crowd," Nicholson said.

The final steel beam was supposed to be put into place at the ceremony today, but it was too windy. They expect to do it in a few days when the weather lightens up.

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